“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…………….” Psalm 43: 1
Let’s face it we’re all thirsty in some area of our lives!! Thirsty for a job, thirsty for some more money, thirsty for a home of our own, thirsty for a man, thirsty for a woman, thirsty for acceptance, thirsty for a business to grow, thirsty for some friends, thirsty to get out of debt, thirsty for a promotion, thirsty for whatever!!
But when you eventually get all those things, it only temporarily quenches your thirst and then you’re thirsty again and then the cycle continues. All those things are a mirage that will keep you thirsty/desperate for something that will never truly satisfy. The ONLY thing that will truly quench our thirst is by having a relationship with GOD that extends past a Sunday morning church service. Only knowing God intimately through spending time with him in his Word and in prayer DAILY can quench the thirstiness of our soul. No job, no man, no women, no house, no amount of money will be able to do that.
I was talking to a friend who in society’s eyes “has it all”. She’s been married for over 10 years, she owns her own property in an affluent area in London, she drives a designer car, she is healthy and has a well-paid job and is a mum but despite all these accomplishments she is still THIRSTY. She thought the promotion at work would quench her thirst but that hasn’t worked either.
It reminds me of the Women at the Well in John 4. This Samaritan woman who wasn’t even named was minding her own business and went to the well to get water like she did everyday but this day was different, she had an encounter with Jesus that changed her life. They had an awkward conversation about water since they were at the water well. Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 13).
This woman had gone through FIVE husbands and FIVE divorces and at this point she was emotionally and physically tired. She had been thirsty for a man and in her quest for love went from husband to husband but they clearly didn’t satisfy her and neither did the man she was living with. She was STILL THIRSTY!!!!!!!! The Samaritan woman was intrigued by the POWERFUL description of living water that Jesus described and she desperately wanted to know more. The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:10-11). After talking to Jesus, she’d heard enough and SURRENDERED (see the blog I wrote Lord I Surrender) which resulted in a drastic change in her behaviour.
She was tired of her fruitless attempts to quench her insatiable thirst through sexual relationships and she finally got the revelation that she was drawing water from the wrong source so she left her water pot at the well. The Samaritan woman was compelled to run into her local town to tell the people in her community about her encounter with Jesus. Her mind had been renewed and she had a change of perspective. In the space of 20 minutes she went from being an adulterer and was probably seen as a “whore” in her local town but after meeting Jesus she was transformed into an evangelist. Her testimony was so powerful that “they came out of the town and made their way towards him,” (John 4:30). What I love about this woman is that she didn’t keep what she’d heard to herself she RAN to her community and told everyone about her encounter Jesus and they listened. There are people waiting for you to share your testimony!!!
I don’t know about you but just like the woman at the well in John 4 I’m tired of seeking things that will never satisfy me. Its a waste of time and I don’t have any more time to waste. My soul is thirsty for God. Just like we need water to survive, I NEED God to get through each day! I’m absolutely nothing without him. “For in him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28) Nothing else in life will truly satisfy my soul. I’m fully persuaded that God is truly all I need!! When we have him we have everything.
Just like the women at the well that dropped her water pot because it was an illusion of something that would satisfy but still left her thirsty!!! Let go of the things in your life that create the illusion of satisfaction and draw from the living water through having a relationship with God which is the ONLY thing that will satisfy your soul. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you,” (Matthew 6:33). Seeking God first is a command and it is attached to a promise to give us everything we need!!! God already knows the secret desires of our hearts and promised that he would provide it when we delight ourselves in him FIRST. Wait on God and his timing!!! It’s perfect!!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him,” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
God is faithful!!
Miss Irish and Mrs Irish at her Foster Parents Christmas Party